Betting on Cuban Football
The elite league in Cuba is called the Campeonato Nacional de Fútbol de Cuba, which has actually been played since 1912, making it one of the oldest competitions in Latin America. There are currently 12 teams in the division, with the bottom-placed team relegated into the second-tier competition, named the Torneo de Ascenso.
These days Cuban teams are allowed to compete in both the Caribbean Club Championship and the CONCACAF Champions League after many years of exile, and slowly the country's football, like the country itself, is opening up to the outside world. Games from the Cuban top-flight, as well as continental and international matches featuring Cuban teams, are all covered by our Cuban football odds comparison tool.
Cuba Football Odds
Football in Cuba doesn't attract a lot of interest, for obvious reasons, but as the country itself continues to step back into global affairs after many years of self-imposed exile, it can be expected that football in the country, and its footballers, will start to become more prominent too.
The Liga de Fútbol de Primera División, which is the top league in the country, features 12 teams, and the title has been shared out reasonably regularly between a number of those clubs. FC Villa Clara have been historically the most successful team in the country, with 14 titles, but then there are a further 12 clubs who have claimed the championship on 4 or more occasions, while four different clubs have claimed the title in the last 5 completed seasons up to and including 2018. For that reason, picking a winner on your betting coupon can be a tough business.
Cuban Football History
Let's be honest, Cuba and football don't often crop up in the same conversation. A proud nation with numerous sporting achievements to its name, football has never been a major part of Cuban identity, although by numbers, it is the country's second most popular sport after baseball. Baseball is well out in front, however.
Things were complicated further by Cuba's communist legacy, which forbade sport to be played professionally. Of course that policy led to numerous defections, particularly amongst baseball players to the American MLB, but in football, it wasn't until 2016 that a Cuban was openly allowed to sign a professional contract when Maikel Reyes penned terms with a Mexican third-level team. There were others before him, but never anything officially permitted by the Cuban Government.
The Cuban national team was, surprisingly enough, the first Caribbean team to reach a finals of the FIFA World Cup – way back in 1938 when the team were eliminated by Sweden in the quarter-finals. Unfortunately the nation has not qualified again since. In the CONCACAF Gold Cup the team has featured more regularly, although it did not qualify for the last instalment in 2017. Cuba will compete in the 2019 edition, however, where they can be backed at odds of anywhere between 100/1 and 200/1.
The men's team's most notable achievement to date, however, was winning the Caribbean Cup in 2012, after quite a few near misses.
There is also an active women's national team, who qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first and only time (to date) in 2018.